CEATEC 2012, Japan’s largest consumer electronics show, showcased a host of new technologies and consumer electronics products ranging from a novel eye-tracking user interface to smart connectivity and low power, high resolution displays.
A running theme among Japanese CE companies this year was how to make home appliances smarter and more connected using links like infrared, Bluetooth, near- field communication and wireless LANs. An unprecedented number of auto makers also showed up, underscoring the
growing synergy between automotive and consumer electronics
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The emphasis on smart connectivity placed the smartphone at the center of the consumer universe, relegating everything else -- from washers, refrigerators to robots and automobiles – to smartphone accessories.
CEATEC, held in Makuhari, Japan, often showcases "prototype" products without a price tag or launch date. Japanese manufacturers, masters of this game, trot out working prototypes from their labs to gauge consumer interest at CEATEC. In the midst of an industry slump, Japanese companies depend on trade shows to restore industry mojo.
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Sharp Corp. showed off its IGZO technology. IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide, the semiconductor material on which the screen is based. The material allows electrons to move up to 50 times faster than amorphous silicon, enabling significantly higher translucency. It also means that smaller or fewer LEDs are needed for backlighting, reducing power consumption.